Aldo Di Russo

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw
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2016 UNIFICATION OF ITALY AND CIVIL WAR
An imaginary photographer tells how he shot pictures in the small village of Padula during the civil war in the south of Italy just after unification (1860). Exploitation and patriotism in a glimpse of life at the birth of the new state.
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2016 JOE PETROSINO MUSEUM
The small house where the great “cop” was born has been restored and converted into a museum against organized crime. A film inspired by Joe’s biography guides visitors. It shows Petrosino’s considerable merit and credibility in defending honest Italian immigrants proud to contribute to the creation of a new country.
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2016 THE BREAD; THE WINGS AND THE SWORD
Projection mapping on the castle of Monte Sant’Angelo. An imaginary dialogue between a soldier who fought against Turks in the Lepanto battle believing in the power of military organization and a baker praying to saints and believing only in the faith as protection against danger and troubles.
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2015 ASSISI: THE RESURRECTION OF BEAUTY
Milan Expò 2015 “Padiglione Italia“ Audio visual “the strength of beauty”. A terrible earthquake destroyed most of the upper part of Assisi’s Saint Francis Basilica, now restored and rebuilt. A short movie shows how beauty can overcome difficulties and Giotto resumed his place as the father of modern painting.
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2015 THE STRENGTH OF LIMITS
Milan Expò 2015 “Padiglione Italia” Audio visual “the strength of limits”. 22 short stories of people who, thanks to lateral thinking, went beyond their own limits and produced successful business and innovation. Short video in computer graphic animation and a Pepper ghost effect video installation was shown as a metaphor for each story. About 20.000 people per day visited the show.
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2015 THE STRENGTH OF DOING
Milan Expò 2015. “Padiglione Italia” Projection mapping of 22 stories from entrepreneurs that changed the market setting up their future through the strength of doing. AV stories were projected onto a wood sculpture as if it were a skin of light that changed continuously to show how skill and diligence can win in the market. They are presented as examples for the new generations.
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2015 IL SENNO DEL POI
A Film to present Public investment in European projects related to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency multi-regional Operational Programme (OP) for the Italian regions of Apulia, Campania, Calabria and Sicily for the period 2007-13.A concept that recalls the Greek theatre: the starting point of Western values and thinking from the myths that gave birth to our civilization.
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2014 FATTI AVANTI ( COME FORWARD)
Invitalia, govern agency, makes possible start up. Implements enterprises of people with talent, strategies but no experience of money. Rendez vous has been conceived by advertising agency as two space shuttle coupled with gears in sync. The inspiration mood is clearly referred to 2001: a space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, a classic movie that in that collective imaginary reminds the future.
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2014 A NATURAL STORY
The “natural story” we tell in this book is the opposite of some prejudice according to popular beliefs. To understand what nature shows we must learn to formulate conceptual abstractions which can fruitful relate what falls under our senses and the need to understand the causes becoming part of the process called life. Agriculture meets these rules, having been created by man, for man.
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2014 STORIES FROM ITALY
Traveling in the South of Italy, looking for personal stories of entrepreneurs supported by public investimenti, we found smiles, enthusiasm, clever approach to the market, competence and devotion to the company where common prejudice expects backwardness. Ancient culture and deep heritage make them now ready for the future.
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2014 DEBATE AT THE IMPERIAL COURT OF FREDERICK II
It is a book, about three meters wide on the wall in the Museum of the Frederick II in the castle of Lagopesole. It revives a conversation between Pier delle Vigne, political adviser of the Emperor and Jacopo da Lentini, notary and poet. Their debate reveals their logical way to procede and their deep classical culture on the eve of the Constitution of Melfi, between papal excommunication and baronial privileges.
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2013 A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES
The film is an unusual point of view on an Investment Institution promoting business opportunities. In other words it manages dreams from Cinderella to Shakespeare and Homer. Poems seem to be very far away from company strategies, but this film is demonstrating how culture is part of the company profile. Produced in computer graphics, it is blending together hand made drawings, shooting and virtual set.
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2013 CHARLES DARWIN: A MAN WHO CHANGED IS MIND.
Coming up with the idea of using his words to recreate the story of his anguish which led to changing the world, was the great challenge. Being capable of changing one’s mind, like Darwin was, returning from his trip around the world, is the starting point of every scientist. The show is being exhibited at the Turin Natural Science Museum and has been awarded with the BLUE GENIUS at the Medienfestival 2013.
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2012 QUERELLE DES FEMMES
From visual portraits of the Farnese family, we focus on the question of women during the Italian Renaissance. Did they have their own Renaissance or was it for men only? Julia Hairston from the University of California, Rome, helped us in this brief investigation. The documentary was produced as part of the project "La Tuscia Farnese" .
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2011 REPRESENT ITALY
A multivision is created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Italian Parliament. A chronological summary of the events that changed the history of Italy is the setting for the quotes drawn from the founding fathers of the state and significant moments of literature and culture. This thread holds together a long history of ideas that supports the path of the debate on institutions and on parliamentary democracy.
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2011 GENIUS LOCI.
A spectacular projection on the facade of the building of the Farnese Palace in Caprarola. A show that combines elements of theater, film and audiovisual languages is exceeding the conventional schemes and balances the story and the real. Images push the architecture towards a fantasy storytelling, while the stones of the facade and its glorious past give back immaterial light to the sense of reality.
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2011 FARNESE PALACE MUSEUM.
A narrative museum, made of old patterns and broken continuous continuity of the paradigms of the story to enhance the rooms in the basement of the palace, which are now reopened to the public after a restoration and many years of closure. The rooms have been "re painted" through light effects and projections that lead back to a story narrated by the underground themselves, exposing to the public all the glory and the pettiness of a kingdom once the center of Europe
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2011 THE WORLD OF FREDERICK II
A narrative museum and a multivision exhibit in the court of the Castle Lagopesole to tell the deeds and ideas of the great German Emperor. From the facts of history to the drama, the historical characters are told as men, with their passions, their fears and jealousies. A mixture of languages: from theater to film to the continuous search for appropriate forms of expression in the field of the cultural communication.
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2011FOUNDED ON WORK
Traveling around Rome using imagination, freeze magic corners of eternal city . The title reminds the first article of Italian Constitution that projects the job like foundation of freedom, right and dignity, giving the possibility to imagine a world to construct through the job that was the mirror of these principles. The show is a multivision that animates street images shot by two photographers blending their works with graphic and repurposing their own vision in a common one
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2010 GOOD MORNING "ANTO'".
Through the story of the of Antonio Piccininno, the last of the singers of Carpino of the first generation, narrated by himself, and through a conversation with Roberto De Simone the relationship between popular art and imagination is explored. The film is focused on how these have contributed to the future delivery and the survival of certain structures while affected by a new "oral component" that represents the tradition of a new context.
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2010 SEE GATE
A multivision for the reception center of Torre Mileto that told in a metaphorical way the sea of Gargano. I went to search among the writings of Bacchelli his travel notes written in About the sea of Gargano. The images to be created, then click or shooting in a place they had to abandon their "being the owner of a place "and become the picture of a great sea, metaphorical, away from postcards and recognizable representations.
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2010 HEART DAY 2010
A 30-second spot for reflect on the importance of protecting the Earth and its natural balance. Heart Day 2010 was dedicated to water and biodiversity. The idea that guided the creation of this spot was to think of stopping a moment in time and transform our perception of the space to reflect on what the earth has given us so far
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2010 THE BEGINNING OF A PAINTING.
A circular multivision for the Museum of Prehistory, which surrounds the viewer within large representations art of the prehistoric age. The images are juxtaposed to the words of great artists, to testify as there is a continuity of thought in the history of art and artists as well as prehistoric scene could put in their fears and their hopes, far from being "primitive" as some consider them.
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2010 INQUIRY AT PAGLICCI CAVE.
Proposed at the beginning like a detective story, a mystery is revealed as the work that scientists around the world, they are doing since more than forty years to investigate and reconstruct the life, gestures, landscape, diet and the daily life of a group of people who lived in the cave of the Gargano 25,000 years ago. An unique finding, a field of data and knowledge, an archive of works of art that look prehistoric today seem an absolute modernity. A place still not very well known in Italy.
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2010 TOSCA.
The Archive of the Rome Opera House accessible through the net. The iconographic heritage was taken this experiment that presents Tosca through the elements of the construction of the invisible to the audience of the theater. Annotations in the hand of the director, the costume designer, become part of the drama along with stills of the tests made homogeneous by digital manipulation of the images.
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2009 TRACKS
At San Marco in Lamis, in the Park of Gargano, is in course of preparation the Dinosaur Park, a museum - exhibition about the discovery of many dinosaur footprints dating back 130 million years ago in this area. The museum contains 6 projectors in this show as the centerpiece for the reception of visitors who introduces the topic before the tour begins. Some basic principles of paleontology are dealt with emotional and impressive images and effects.
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2009 PUGLIA RUNS, RUNS.
At the Fiera del Levante, Puglia Region has chosen to set up for the second consecutive year in an octagonal audiovisual space. The projection, built on an eight synchronized projectors multivision, took place around the audience who was able to move during the show within the space. Legislative activities of the Region have been grouped into themes and exhibited in order to demonstrate how strategic decisions were in line with the philosophical principles of modernity.
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2009 LAMPADAS
The subject is the Castle of Cagliari, the most ancient and noble district of the city seen from the eyes of a contemporary native writer. , Sebastiano Arquer 1561 died at the stake in Madrid invoking the love of his too far away ward. An attempt to integrate information for tourists with a cultural stimulus for the identity of the place, the hidden stories and the sense of the place.
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2009 IN THE WAY TO EUROPE
Pilgrims from all over Europe made trips to Rome or to the cave of the Angel. The pilgrimage is the first chance to meet people from different cultures and traditions. The people in Gargano, because of their geographical location, away from the great lines of communication, but central to the cult of St. Michael, have preserved the gift for hospitality to different cultures as a forerunner of the European Union.
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2009 READING THE CITY
The show is the third part of the trilogy intended for the opening of the annual meeting of ACER. This show defines the city as a layering of history and personal stories that intertwine every day to define living spaces. The red thread gives the activity of building a cultural meaning itself, as Thadt which is set in motion to write a novel or to compose a symphony. In fact, the builder today becomes a mediator between imagination, possibility, technologies, and individual and collective needs towards the definition of the city that does not exist.
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